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Diederik Bakker

Multi Corporation

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Multi Corporation is pleased to announce the appointment of Diederik Bakker as Director Asset Management, effective 1 July 2020. He will be responsible for Multi’s asset management activities in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and UK.

Diederik Bakker has extensive experience in real estate & transaction management in the European real estate market. Over the past 20 years, he has held various senior positions at leading companies such as LaSalle Investment Management and UBS. Diederik holds a master’s degree in Business Administration, Financial Management, from Nyenrode University.

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Benjamin Fuest


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Uwe Hildebrand, Chief Sales Officer (CSO) at Breuninger, is retiring and therefore leaves the fashion and lifestyle company from Stuttgart on September 29, 2020. Benjamin Fuest will be Hildebrand’s successor. Fuest has worked at Calvin Klein, Peek & Cloppenburg, and SinnLeffers. 

In 2012, the 38-year old joined Breuninger as Managing Director of the company’s branch in Stuttgart. Afterwards, he was Managing Director for Breuninger at the Main-Taunus-Zentrum in Sulzbach near Frankfurt as well as Co-Managing Director for Breuninger’s branch in Düsseldorf, and became Head of Purchasing in June 2016. Fuest will remain in this position until he moves on to his new management role.

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Juliet Davenport

The Crown Estate

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Juliet Davenport OBE to join Crown Estate Board. The Crown Estate announced that Juliet Davenport OBE has been appointed to its Board with effect from 1 September 2020.

Juliet is the Chief Executive Officer of Good Energy Group PLC, a 100% renewable energy company, which she founded in 2002. Juliet is a Council Member for Innovate UK, a Vice President of the Energy Institute and on the Board of Directors for the Renewable Energy Association. In 2013, she was awarded an OBE for services to renewables.  Juliet has a number of appointments in academic organisations, including at the University of Wales, Imperial College London, University of Bristol and London School of Economics.

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Michael Bütter

Union Investment Real Estate GmbH

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Michael Bütter will become chairman of the management board (CEO) of Union Investment Real Estate GmbH. The company is reinforcing its senior leadership team by bringing on board Michael Bütter (50), a respected real estate manager with many years of industry experience. As part of the company’s dynamic growth strategy, reorganisation of the Management Board is now complete following the departure of Reinhard Kutscher.   

The five-strong leadership team also includes longstanding Management Board members Volker Noack and Martin J. Brühl FRICS and, since 1 July 2020, Dr. Christoph Holzmann MRICS as new COO.

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Antoine Grolin and Séverine Bodard


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Ceetrus announces additions to its Board of Directors and Management at a global and local level, with the appointment of two new members. Antoine Grolin, 44, an international real estate specialist, has just been appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ceetrus. On a national level, Séverine Bodard, with 20 years of experience in management, development and transformation of real estate, steps in as Director of Ceetrus Portugal.

Globally, since taking office, Antoine Grolin has focused on the strategy to exit the current health crisis, gradually and safely, for all employees, customers, and business partners. Antoine Grolin will contribute to accelerating the transformation of Ceetrus’ real estate activities and way of functioning, to develop more resilient, sustainable, diverse and interconnected cities, planned in a concerted way in its multiple functions (housing, retail, services, entertainment). 

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Olena Obukhivska


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Olena Obukhivska became Arricano’s Director of Communications. Olena has been working for the company since 2015, her responsibilities include the formation and development of the company’s business reputation, support of corporate B2B and CSR projects, cooperation with media outlets and establishing Media Relations, positioning of malls and implementation of B2C programs.

“Communications is a strategic business function that is important for our company. We have high requirements for corporate culture and act in accordance with the AIM information policy of the London Stock Exchange and compliance. In the construction and development market, Arricano is a leader in the quality rating of corporate reputation management. The appointment of Olena Obukhivska to the position of Director of Communications of Arricano company is obvious and logical, while her ideas have been implemented, her communication projects have a significant impact on the formation of opinion and cooperation with the business community. Among the priorities are B2C communications and the correct positioning of Arricano shopping mall on the market and for target audiences. I wish Olena success and new accomplishments,” Anna Chubotina, CEO, said.

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Ivica Pavusek

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield Germany

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Starting on October 1, 2020, Ivica Pavusek will be the new Head of Property, Maintenance, Purchasing & Sustainability (PMPS) at Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW) Germany. In his new position, he will be responsible for all commercial and technical disciplines of the wide-ranging facility management sector at 23 German locations that are operated by URW.

Most recently, Ivica Pavusek was the Assistant General Manager of the group’s Westfield London. He joined the company in July, 2014 as Deputy Shopping Center Manager. He then became the Shopping Center Manager of StadtQuartier Riem Arcaden in Munich for more than three years before he became Deputy Head of Shopping Center Management in Germany in 2018. Ivica Pavusek takes over this position from Christian Krause, who will take on new challenges outside the company at his how request.

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Dirk Schneider

Gebr. Heinemann

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Changes in the management of Gebr. Heinemann. The owners, Claus and Gunnar Heinemann, appoint Dr. Dirk Schneider as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) on the Executive Board of Gebr. Heinemann as of 1 September 2020. He succeeds Kay Spanger, who is retiring after more than 40 years with the Hamburg-based Duty Free company.

Dirk Schneider’s last position was Chief Digital & Operating Officer at s.Oliver Group. There he was responsible for the digital and omnichannel strategy, e-commerce, IT and global logistics of the multi-brand fashion company. Previously, the 44-year-old father of three managed the German apparel, accessories, watches & jewelry business of Amazon and worked for Payback as well as the strategy consultancy Oliver Wyman. “We are delighted that in Dirk Schneider we have been able to win an experienced manager with an international background for Gebr. Heinemann,” says Claus Heinemann. “Dirk Schneider brings with him the right know-how, especially from s.Oliver and Amazon,” adds Gunnar Heinemann.

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Klaus-Peter Hesse


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ECE hires Klaus-Peter Hesse. The Management Spokesman of Zentraler Immobilien Ausschuss (ZIA), the central association of the real estate industry, will start working for project developer ECE in Hamburg on September 1, 2020. 

He will take over the management department “Work+Life” in the newly created position of Director City Development & Acquisition.The 52-year old started as the ZIA’s Press Officer before becoming its Managing Director and ultimately its Management Spokesman.

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Mischa Koch


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The Frankfurt-based asset and property manager GPEP GmbH appointed real estate economist Mischa Koch as Head of Key Account Management and Business Development in early June. 

In this role, Mischa Koch is responsible for client services, looking after existing and onboarding new clients, and for further investments in local shopping centres as well as new asset classes, such as offices and residential. In addition, drawing on his comprehensive expertise, he will assist the management board in the expansion of its new project development business segment in conjunction with GMG.

Prior to joining GPEP, Mischa Koch worked as the manager of ABG Projektentwicklungsgesellschaft mbH’s Frankfurt branch, where he was responsible for project acquisition and development within the residential, office and hotel asset classes. In this role, he both deepened and expanded his network of contacts to local and international market participants, such as architects, urban planners, investors, consultants and brokers. Prior to that, as a qualified property specialist, he worked for two major companies in the areas of transaction management and real estate marketing. All told, Mischa Koch can draw on over 20 years’ experience in the real estate sector.

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Gavin Cockayne

Capital & Regional

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Capital & Regional and The Mall Maidstone team are excited to welcome Gavin Cockayne as the new General Manager at the Mall Maidstone, while wishing a fond farewell to Andy Davy, who is retiring from the role after an incredible eleven-year career at the company. 

Gavin started in his new position in early May, and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the retail industry, working with a number of major UK retailers in prime London shopping destinations. Prior to joining, Gavin held the role of General Manager within flagship stores of renowned fashion brands, including Debenhams and New Look at a major London shopping centre, and Topshop’s flagship store on Oxford Street. His extensive understanding of the sector, rooted in years of experience managing some of the country’s busiest stores, has already proven to be of huge benefit to The Mall Maidstone in the successful re-opening of non-essential retail on June 15, and the steady increases in guest footfall over the last two weeks.

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Gabriele Volz

Commerz Real

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Gabriele Volz becomes CEO of Commerz Real. The Supervisory Board of Commerz Real has appointed Gabriele Volz as Chief Executive Officer of Commerz Real. She will take up the position on 1 January 2021.

Chairman of the Supervisory Board Michael Mandel: “Gabriele Volz joins us at Commerz Real as a highly respected expert in investment and asset management. She has the ideal prerequisites for taking the transformation of Commerz Real forward successfully on our trajectory of becoming a sustainable digital asset manager.”

The Supervisory Board of Commerz Real has appointed Gabriele Volz as Chief Executive Officer of Commerz Real. She will take up the position on 1 January 2021. Michael Mandel, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Commerz Real and Member of the Board of Managing Directors of Commerzbank AG: “I am delighted that we have been able to appoint Gabriele Volz as Chief Executive Officer of Commerz Real. Gabriele Volz is a highly respected expert in investment and asset management. She has an impressive track record demonstrating that she has the management qualities to successfully lead companies and forge their destiny.”

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Roelie van Wijk-Russchen

Altera Vastgoed

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Roelie van Wijk-Russchen appointed member of Altera Vastgoed NV’s Supervisory Board. Real Estate investor Altera Vastgoed NV announced that Roelie van Wijk-Russchen was appointed as member of the Supervisory Board of Altera by the General Meeting of Shareholders on 24 June 2020. She succeeds Mr Johan van der Ende, who after two terms will be stepping down as a member of the Supervisory Board on the same date. Mr van der Ende was an Altera Supervisory Board member for eight years.

Ms Van Wijk has more than 25 years’ management experience in areas including investments and sustainability within all asset categories. From January 2018 until March 2020 she was Global Head of Responsible Business & Public Affairs at Aegon AM. Prior to that, she was CEO of TKP Investments BV (TKPI) for more than eleven years, during the first five of which she also served as a member of the management of TKP Pensioen BV (TKP). Before joining TKPI, she held numerous senior investment and management positions in the financial sector, including at SNS AM, Philips Pensioenfonds, PGGM and ABNAMRO MeesPierson, and a non-executive board position at Spoorwegpensioenfonds.

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Christoph Holzmann

Union Investment Real Estate GmbH

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Christoph Holzmann to join Union Investment Real Estate GmbH as COO. Union Investment Real Estate GmbH is expanding its senior leadership team. With effect from 1 July 2020, Christoph Holzmann (43) will be appointed to the Management Board of the Hamburg-based real estate investment manager as its fourth member, subject to approval by the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin).

In his role as Chief Operating Officer (COO), Holzmann will be in charge of developing the business processes of Union Investment’s fast-growing real estate division. His responsibilities will include in particular continuous improvement of the operational and organisational structure. He will be a driver of change and optimisation with a focus on digital transformation. Christoph Holzmann joins the company from Beos AG, where as Chief Financial Officer he was responsible for financing, controlling, taxes, risk management and compliance from 2016 onwards. A native of Hamburg, he has around 16 years of experience in the real estate and financial sectors which he acquired in various positions at Beos, Quantum Immobilien, Berenberg Bank and Deutsche Bank. Christoph Holzmann holds a business studies degree from the European Business School (ebs), an MSc in Real Estate from Georgia State University (Atlanta) and a doctorate from the European Business School (ebs). He is also a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

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Rupert Wood


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Rupert Wood named an Executive Advisor of FitForCommerce malls & meeting places practice.

FitForCommerce, a specialized omnichannel and digital consultancy, announces the appointment of Rupert Wood to the FitForCommerce Malls & Meeting Places practice as an Executive Advisor.

Rupert Wood joins FitForCommerce with 25 years of experience to provide seasoned guidance for accelerated growth in the Malls & Meeting Places consulting practice with a focus in the UK and European market. Rupert is an established executive leader with a strategic and operational record in the real estate sector having worked for major corporations, including Lendlease and St. Modwen Properties Plc, a FTSE 250 company, where he spent 13 years as a member of the Executive Team. 

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Marcus Wild

Spar Holding AG

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Marcus Wild appointed to the board of Spar Holding AG. The 57-year old will be responsible for Spar European Shopping Centers, properties, Hervis as well as business process management.

A generational change at Spar Holding AG: Two of the Group’s long-standing board members, chairman Gerhard Drexel and Rudolf Staudinger will leave the board by the end of 2020 when they reach the age of 65. From January 1, 2020, the new chairman will be Fritz Poppmaier, his deputy chairman will be Hans K. Reisch, and Marcus Wild will join the board. As chairman of the board of the Spar subsidiary, he made SES Spar European Shopping Centers the market leader in the shopping center sector in Austria and Slovenia. He is also a member of the ACROSS Advisory Board. 

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Tomasz Trzósło


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EPP’s general meeting of shareholders has approved the appointment of Tomasz Trzósło to the position of CEO of the largest owner of retail real estate in Poland. The company’s Board of Directors announced it will nominate Tomasz Trzósło to this post in December 2019.

“I would like to thank our shareholders and the Board of Directors for the trust they have placed in me and for appointing me as CEO of such a dynamic company. Running the leader of the Polish retail property market is a responsibility and a challenge which I take up with enthusiasm. We are facing a period that will be difficult for the retail industry, therefore in the coming months I will focus on maintaining our portfolio in the best possible condition, by being flexible and adapting our business to the existing market situation. Furthermore, I believe that by leveraging the strengths of our locations and team, focusing on building long-term relationships with tenants and taking care of the safety of shoppers and tenants’ employees, we will return to a path of growth and further expansion of our portfolio“, says Tomasz Trzósło, CEO of EPP. 

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